MV YM Uranus

Name: YM Uranus
Operator: V Ships
Port of registry: Malta Valletta
Builder: Marmara Shipyard
Launched: 5 November 2008
General characteristics
Class and type: Chemical tanker
  • 119.10 m (390 ft 9 in) (overall)
  • 111.60 m (366 ft 2 in) (between perpendiculars)
Beam: 16.90 m (55 ft 5 in)
Draught: 6.80 m (22 ft 4 in)
Depth: 8.40 m (27 ft 7 in)
Ice class: 1C
Propulsion: MAN diesel engine
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h)
Crew: 13

YM Uranus is a tanker registered under the Maltese flag. It was involved in a collision on 8 October 2010 off the coast of Brittany, France.


YM Uranus is 119.60 metres (392 ft 5 in) long overall, with a beam of 16.90 metres (55 ft 5 in) and a depth of 8.40 metres (27 ft 7 in), with a draught of 6.80 metres (22 ft 4 in). She is assessed as 4,829 GT, 2,297 NRT and 7,000 DWT.[1]

The ship is propelled by a 3,000 kilowatts (4,000 hp) MAN diesel engine which was built by STX Engine Co Ltd of Korea. The engine has six cylinders of 32 centimetres (13 in) diameter by 40 centimetres (16 in) stroke. It drives a single screw propeller which can propel the ship at 14 knots (26 km/h).[1]


YM Uranus was built by Marmara Shipyards, Istanbul, Turkey. She was launched on 5 November 2008. Her port of registry is Valletta, Malta. YM Uranus is operated under the management of V Ships UK Ltd, Glasgow.[1] At 03:27 UTC on 8 October 2010,[2] YM Uranus was involved in a collision with the Panamanian bulk carrier Hanjin Rizhao,[3] 50 nautical miles (93 km) south west of Ouessant off the Brittany coast. All 13 crew took to the lifeboats at around 03:30 UTC, from where they were rescued by a French helicopter and taken to Brest. The ship was taken under tow by French tug Abeille Bourbon.[4] Making 4 knots (7.4 km/h), it took about 13 hours to reach Brest.[5] YM Uranus was on a voyage from Porto Marghera, Italy to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Hanjin Rizhao was on a voyage from Las Palmas, Spain to Rotterdam, Netherlands.[4]


  1. 1 2 3 "YM Uranus". Bureau Veritas. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  2. "Crew rescued as chemical product tanker ship collides with cargo vessel in the English Channel". Trinity Mirror. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  3. "Rescue Mission After Chemical Tanker Crash". Sky News. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  4. 1 2 "Fuel tanker in trouble in English Channel". BBC News Online. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  5. "Stricken tanker towed to French port". Melbourne: The Age. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
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